January 12, 2010

January 12, 2010

From liocowine.com.

I’m a fan of food-friendly LIOCO wines—this dinner at ~SPRUCE~looks like a great way to savor a bunch of them at once! From the event announcement: “LIOCO is the result of an ongoing conversation between Matt Licklider, a seasoned wine import
 specialist, and Kevin O’Connor, former wine director at Michelin two-star Spago-Beverly Hills, about
 whether California could produce a true wine of origin. They have sought out some of the best vineyard 
sites in California, with the belief that a strong vineyard produces better wine. Inspired by the traditional
 winemaking practices of Europe, they chose to make the wine with as little intrusion as possible. The two
 were curious to see if the same methods of production were adhered to in both the cellar and the
 vineyards, would there be differences in the final wine? The results speak for themselves. The wines are 
true, honest, and show tipicity. This dinner will highlight some of the top vineyards in California for
 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


The menu:

Grilled Striped Bass / Lobster Tortelli / Tahitian Pomelo

Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard 2007
; Chardonnay, Heitz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 2006

Roasted Pancetta-Wrapped Squab / Caramelized Turnips with Savory / Preserved Plums

Indica, Mendocino County 2008

Roasted and Cured Becker Lane Pork / Italian Butter Beans / Spiced Caramelized Quince
Michaud Pinot Noir, Chalone Appellation, Monterey County 2007; 
Klindt Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2007

Farmstead Cheese

Chardonnay, Charles Heitz, Late Harvest 2006


San Francisco Beer Week 2010 (AKA SFBW10) is set for February 5th-14th. There’s quite the range of events coming together. Here’s a glimpse: beer dinners at The Republic, Beretta, Monk’s Kettle, Cafe Biere, and The Boilerhouse; the Beer-Chef’s beer and chocolate dinner on Treasure Island; an opportunity to Meet the Brewer: Russian River Brewing Co. Brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo is doing a doubleheader at Toronado followed by Pi Bar; tastings of Italian beer at Delarosa, cheese and beer at Rogue Public House, sour beer and bitter chocolate at City Beer Store, Spanish cheese and cask-conditioned beer at ThirstyBear; a brewery Tour at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Co.; a homebrewing demonstration at Jack’s Brewing Co.; and a beer-cocktail party at 15 Romolo. And kicking it all off is the SF Brewers Guild Opening Gala on February 5th at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, featuring 50 of the rarest, most creative beers from Northern California breweries. There will be guest breweries, food vendors, and music acts.

Just look at the sponsors of SFBW10: the SF Brewers Guild, 21st Amendment Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., Magnolia Pub and Brewery, Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, and ThirstyBear Brewing Co., with additional support from Morris Distributing.

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